Reel Reviewer Column: Top Gun prepares for take-off

Jason Day previews the latest cinema releases, including a return to Hogwarts and the end of an almost 40-year wait for Top Gun’s return.

Cries and Whispers (out on 1 April)

Ingmar Bergman’s 1972 psychodrama gets a reissue at BFI cinemas. Three sisters and their servant struggle with the terminal cancer of one of the sisters (Harriet Andersson).

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (8 April)

Continuing the adventures of wizard Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) ponders how long he will stay on the sidelines of World War II.

The Lost City (15 April)

Sandra Bullock is a romantic novelist and Channing Tatum the dim cover model for her books. When she is kidnapped by Daniel Radcliffe, Tatum tries to rescue her. Looks like bright, cartoonish fun.

Downtown Abbey 2 (29 April)

English aristocrats and their servants swan off to the South of France when Dowager Maggie Smith inherits a villa from a former lover. Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern co-star.

Doctor Strange in The Multiverse of Madness (6 May)

Have these superhero films permanently tipped into incomprehensible cod-science? The trailer left me wanting to tune out! Convoluted and preposterous for such a simple formula, but I bet it earns a cool billion dollars.

Wild Men (6 May)

Norwegian comedy drama about a mid-life crisis male who moves to the mountains. This causes problems for his family, new friends and police who think he’s part of a drugs cartel.

DC League of Super Pets (20 May)

Superman’s pooch teams up with the animals of other heroes when his beloved owner is kidnapped. Featuring the vocal talents of Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Keanu Reeves.

Top Gun: Maverick (27 May)

US Air Force’s Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell (Tom Cruise) returns nearly 40 years after we first saw him. He coaches Miles Teller who is the son of Mitchell’s late best friend (Anthony Edwards).

And at MK Gallery… Coat of Alms (1 April)

A beauty queen discovers her lover is part of the network that collects vulnerable children for trafficking and begging. To book, visit bit.ly/MKGalleryFilm

You can read more in-depth reviews from Jason by following him on Twitter: @Reelreviewer

This feature was published in the April/May 2022 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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